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UVMC Cancer Center Receives CT Scanner

A Benefit For Patients

Before the UVMC Cancer Care Center received its own CT Scanner this year, the Center, located in the lower level of the Upper Valley Medical Center, entrusted the cancer patients’ planning CT Scans to Imaging Services, located on the first floor of the hospital.  Jean Heath, Director of the Cancer Care Center, reported, “Last year around 170 of our patients went to Imaging for the CT Scan.  Some patients we could not take upstairs due to their condition.  Now that we have a CT Scanner, we will be able to CT all of our patients here in the Center.  To be able to provide scans in the same place where the other services for cancer patients are provided improves the quality of time, service, and most importantly, patient care.”   Heath projected the Center will perform CTs on more than 300 patients this year.

"The Cancer Care Center is very grateful to have a CT Scanner,” said Heath. The benefactors who made it possible include the UVMC Foundation and UVMC Auxiliary, who partnered with the John J. Dugan Memorial Fund for Cancer Care to dedicate a CT Scanner to the Cancer Center.  Reporting, “We could not have done this major project without the combined efforts,” Kathie Scarbrough, Executive Director of the UVMC Foundation and Fund Development/Community Affairs, explained the CT Scanner became available for the Cancer Center when UVMC Imaging Services purchased a new CT Scanner last year.  Scarbrough said the funding of $250,000 covered the cost of relocating the scanner from Imaging to Cancer Care. GE, the manufacturer of the scanner, helped move and install the equipment.

Jean Dugan established the John J. Dugan Memorial Fund for Cancer Care in 2005 in honor of her husband, local businessman and civic leader John J. Dugan, who died from complications of cancer in 2003.  A memorial fundraiser is held annually to benefit the Cancer Center.  The John D. Dugan Memorial Fund for Cancer Care is administered by the UVMC Foundation.  For information about the fund, contact the Foundation Office, 440-7541.

CT Scanner ImageThe UVMC Cancer Care Center has its own CT Scanner, thanks to the benevolence of the UVMC Foundation, the John J. Dugan Memorial Fund for Cancer Care, and the UVMC Auxiliary, who jointly dedicated a scanner to Cancer Care in order for cancer patients to receive their planning CT Scans in the Center where the other treatments/services for cancer patients are provided.  Representatives of the benefactors include (pictured from left) Jean Dugan, Lolita Schultz, president of the UVMC Foundation, and Dee Collins, president of the UVMC Auxiliary.